The Machine that Saved the World
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recording of The Machine That Saved the World, by Murray Leinster.
Read by Phil Chenevert.
They were broadcasts from nowhere--sinister emanations flooding in from space--smashing any receiver that picked them up. What defense could Earth devise against science such as this? In the far future of 1972, on a secret military installation, Staff Sergeant Bellews is an expert on the latest scientific discovery: a way for ordinary machines like vacuums and lawnmowers to gather experience in their jobs, becoming error free over time. Then the strange broadcasts began to blow up transmitters everywhere. Were they from space? Enemies? the future? He didn't care until they started messin' with his machines. Then he took it personally. (summary from the first chapter and Phil Chenevert)
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May 21, 2012
I love early sci-fi, and this is one of my favorite authors.
This quick story has a bit of everything: the military guys who don't want the science guys getting in, and don't listen, and the conspiracy plot by foreign powers. The way the hero gets the bad guys is a great bit of twist.
Excellent reading too, enjoy!
April 25, 2012
A brief work, read excellently
It's early scifi, and has one of the sort of crashing conclusions which seemed so obvious to American writers at the time, but it carries its plot well and the performance is excellent.
April 6, 2012
Could your toaster love you?
Humorous Sci fi parody with a dark conclusion. The reader gets well into the mood of this absurdist novella. Recommended.